How Blood Platelet Injection Therapy Works
Blood found within the human body is composed of four main structures that include red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. When activated, it is clinically proven platelets release healing proteins called growth factors. Growth factors are a naturally occurring protein with the ability to stimulate cellular growth and accelerate the human body’s natural healing response.
When these growth factors are injected into an injured area of the body through blood platelet injection therapy, they promote a natural healing response that can be helpful in reducing recovery time in a variety of orthopedic soft tissue injuries.
How PRP Orthopedic Injections are Performed by Dr. Matthew Provencher
To begin blood platelet injection therapy, Dr. Provencher must harvest a patient’s blood during a simple venous draw, most commonly from the arm. After the blood sample is collected, it is spun in a special machine known as a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other blood structures. The concentration of platelets is then increased during a process called centrifugation.
The platelet rich plasma is then injected directly into the damaged soft tissue to help accelerate healing. The growth factors and platelets activate once they reach the injured area.
If you live in the Denver, Vail and Aspen, Colorado area and would like more information on blood platelet injection therapy, or to determine if you are a candidate for PRP orthopedic injections, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Matthew Provencher today.